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Grace Goad

Grace Walker Goad was diagnosed with moderately severe autism with intellectual disAbilities and severe speech/language disorder at just under age three, in 1997, and has been painting since she was four. Because autism subtly affects the muscle tone of her hand grasp, her work is largely abstract. Yet, her advanced use of color and composition has been lauded and featured on the 2007 autism episode of ABC’s “The View;” on the cover of The American Journal of Psychiatry; the cover of the book, Making Sense of Autism; and in The Art of Autism: 2012 Edition, as well as newspapers, magazines and online media. Her work is in the Tennessee Arts Commission’s permanent artists’ collection managed at the Tennessee State Museum. She has exhibited in Washington, D.C., New York City, North Carolina and the Massachusetts’ Berkshires and is represented by HeART of the Spectrum Art Center in Seattle and sells her work at Shimai Pottery and Gifts and Tennessee Art League in Nashville, among other locations. “GraceArt” is in the private collections of a number of individuals including NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, and can be found online at Now a young adult, she lives in Nashville with her mother, autism author, speaker, advocate, Leisa A. Hammett,


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